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Economics Department


B.S., Major, Minor

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Understand the power of data and accelerate your career.

What is data analytics? It’s a rapidly growing field with an abundance of employment opportunities. Data analysts use a broad range of techniques in a variety of industries and government agencies to predict future outcomes based on historical data.

Professionals with expertise in analytics and data science are particularly in high demand because they support decision-makers, including company leadership, by turning data into invaluable business insights. For example, analysts often review data and use it to improve websites, boost profits, and learn how to better engage with customers.

Career possibilities are growing exponentially. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Data scientist and mathematical science occupations are ranked 11th on the list of fastest-growing occupations through 2029.

  • Employment of data analysts, specifically mathematicians and statisticians, is projected to grow 33 percent through 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

  • Demand for operations research analysts is expected to grow 25 percent, and market research analyst jobs are projected to grow 18 percent.

In the Guilford College Analytics major, students acquire the following skills:

  1. Ethical principles of data handling and analysis
  2. Conceptual understanding of problems faced by organizations
  3. Familiarity with data collection, organization, and storage processes
  4. Basics of data manipulation and modeling/predicting/forecasting
  5. Programming in relevant languages for data collection and analysis, including Java, R, Python, and more
  6. Presentation of analysis, including data visualization (effective tables and charts) and communication of results (public speaking and analytical writing)

The need for professional data analysts will only continue to rise, as will the value of the Guilford College Analytics major, as graduates are employable in practically any industry.

Guilford College Catalog

For more information about courses for the Economics Department, visit the online, searchable College Catalog. In addition to the Undergraduate Catalog, information includes academic department and major information as well as academic regulations and resources; admission standards and requirements; and tuition, fees, and financial aid information.

Hands-on Learning

The following is a small sample of recent job openings in the Greensboro area that graduates of the Analytics major could pursue:

  • Financial Analyst, Old Dominion Freight Line Inc., Thomasville, N.C.
  • Financial Analyst, Biscuitville, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Analyst, Realty Trust Group, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Payroll Analyst, Bell Partners, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Optimization Analyst, Hanesbrands, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Talent Analyst, Inmar Inc., Winston-Salem, N.C.